June 2, 2020

East Providence Teacher Crystal Monteiro Named National PBS Digital Innovator

Monteiro was District Teacher of the Year in 2016

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In a press release from the National Public Broadcasting Association (PBS), it was announced that East Providence elementary school teacher, Crystal Monteiro, is one of 19 educators nationally to be named a PBS Digital Innovator. Monteiro has taught in East Providence for some 25 years. She was named the East Providence School District teacher of the year in 2016. Currently, Monteiro is a district K-5 instructional coach for East Providence. Monteiro was nominated by the Rhode Island PBS for national consideration.

“Crystal Monteiro, an EPHS graduate, has been an educator in the East Providence School District for 25 years. She is honored to serve the families and students in her hometown of East Providence, Rhode Island. As a first-generation college graduate, she fully understands and values the power of education and credits her family and 4th grade teacher for instilling a love of learning and encouraging her to reach beyond all expectations. This is what led her to the teaching profession and what continues to ground her commitment to teaching excellence and advocacy,” said the National PBS award statement in part.

The PBS Digital Innovator All Star program brings together a community of PreK-12th grade educators, who are hometown thought-leaders and classroom changemakers, for ongoing professional learning and growth. The program creates opportunities for participants to share strategies, learn from peers and leverage PBS platforms to elevate their own ideas and voice.

“Throughout her career she has taught grades three, five, and six and has loved every minute of it. Throughout her career she has worked on a variety of district and state initiatives focusing on professional development, curriculum design, teacher preparation and teacher leadership. She served as a statewide induction coach for beginning teachers and launched RI’s first ECET2RI Convening which focuses on elevating and celebrating the teaching profession by placing teachers in the lead. Monteiro has a genuine passion and excitement for teaching and learning, while also having the opportunity to share best practices while supporting and empowering her teaching colleagues,” said the National PBS selection statement.

Monteiro thanked family, community and colleagues in a social media post: "I want to thank everyone for your kind words and well wishes. I very much appreciate your calls, texts, and FB posts. I've been fortunate to work with excellent educators who inspire me and push me to be better every day and I'm forever grateful for my circle of family and friends who seem to forever be in my corner. I'm looking forward to the PBS opportunity and I'm excited to contribute and learn from the other 18 educators from around the country. A sincere thank you. I'm truly blessed." - Crystal Monteiro

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